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Discussion in 'Quitters' Club' started by GreenGhost, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. Aug 17, 2012
    GreenGhost

    GreenGhost Never give up!

    Linglestown, PA
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    I'm joining the "Quitters Club".

    I've decided to sell and replace my CJ5 that I have been using for a DD for 3 years for something a little bit more practical. I decided on a TJ I'm pretty sure I want to go with a 4 cylinder, five speed mostly because of the axle gearing and the fuel economy thing. The TJ's are pretty new to me, are there any problems I should look for when buying used; oil leaks, common rot areas, anything else on these Jeep that are prone to problems?
     
  2. Aug 18, 2012
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You won't likely get any better mileage with a 4cyl.
     
  3. Aug 18, 2012
    GreenGhost

    GreenGhost Never give up!

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    Most likely not, but I want a manual and I really do not care for the 3.07 gears they put behind the inline six.
     
  4. Aug 18, 2012
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Then get 3.73's. One of my main "had to haves" when I was looking was a Dana 44 rear and 3.73's
     
  5. Aug 18, 2012
    hudsonhawk

    hudsonhawk Well-Known Member 2020 Sponsor

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    Definately get the 6. It has a lot more pep than the 4 cyl. And you will get virtually the same gas milage.
     
  6. Aug 18, 2012
    GreenGhost

    GreenGhost Never give up!

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    it's also a price issue. The inline sixes around here usally go for about two grand more than their inline four counter parts. Beside neither will be close to what my CJ5 was power wise.
     
  7. Aug 24, 2012
    sparky

    sparky Sandgroper Staff Member Founder

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    I was quite happy with the 4cyl. in my TJ.

    Mine was an early '97 model, 2.5 w/ 5spd.

    Off-road I didn't have any issues vs. the I6, in fact I preferred it. It just wasn't as heavy feeling, felt much more nimble. Around town and whatnot it did fine even with 31" tires. I did put a MOPAR cam in it, 4.0L TB and Borla exhaust, that helped the top-end a bit.

    Overall it was a great Jeep, I was quite happy with it as long as I owned it.
     
  8. Aug 31, 2012
    Hawkes

    Hawkes Member

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    Common rot areas are the fender tops and the frame. The frame rots where mud lays in it, in the back by the coils and where the skid plate bolts on.

    I had a 4 cyl with 4.10's and a 6 with 3.07's, hated those gears. Crawling around trails the 4 cyl had better mileage, highway was similar. 4 cylinders are a harder sell, so they are quite a bit cheaper here too.
     
  9. Aug 31, 2012
    GreenGhost

    GreenGhost Never give up!

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    I test a drove a 4 cylinder the other day it was decent, not a rocket, but it will work okay. Thanks for the heads up on the frame, I knew to check around the control arms but I didn't know about where the skid plate bolts on.I'll check that area closer fom now on.
     

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